Friday, May 7, 2010

Quesadillas and perfecting an old recipe

I was cooking for a crowd last week, and really wanted to make my Lime Cilantro Chicken. However, I needed a meal that would travel well. The thought hit me to do the chicken in the crockpot! That way, I could cook all day, and then the crockpot would keep it warm during the 45 min. drive.

This little experiment resulted in the best batch of Lime Cilantro Chicken I have made to date. The chicken just fell apart, and since it was baked right in the sauce, it had more flavor then when I cook it on the stove.

A few hours into the cooking, our family get-together fell through, so I was left with a lot of chicken! I used some to make these yummy quesadillas, and then froze the rest in 2 cup quantities. Now, I can just pull the chicken out of the freezer whenever I need too!

Here is the basic recipe again. I used 5 chicken breasts, so I doubled the sauce ingredients. I left the chicken whole, and just stacked them in the crockpot.

Lime and Cilantro Chicken

Enough skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips, to feed your family
Juice of 2 limes (can also use the zest for an extra kick)
2 TB Sugar
2 teas. dried Oregano
1/2 teas. Cayenne
1 teas. ground Cinnamon
1 bunch Cilantro
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

For crockpot:
Mix all of the ingredients, except the chicken, together. Lay the chicken in the crockpot. My chicken was even frozen! Pour marinade over the top, and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Shred chicken, stir, and cook until done.

Serve in a burrito, as fajitas, or in a quesadilla!  Serve with Cilantro Lime Dressing!

I spread cheese on half of a flour tortilla, added chicken and salsa, folded the top of the tortilla over the mixture, and grilled until the cheese melted and the tortilla was crisp. Yum!


  1. I'm sorry that the get together fell through ~ they missed out on what looks like a yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. You are the cilantro queen! :) Did you use fresh or dried cilantro this time?

  3. Lol Heather! Cilantro and garlic are must haves in this house! I try to use fresh herbs whenever possible. Fresh has the essential oils that your body needs, and it just tastes better!

  4. I hear ya. Cilantro and garlic are a mainstay in our house too. That chicken looks amazing and I love that it can be done in the crockpot! I will definitely be trying this.

  5. Hey Krista! I left you an award over at my site. Drop by when you get a chance and pick it up!

  6. We loved this recipe! It is so flavorful and easy to make. Unbelievable.

    When's that cookbook coming out?

  7. Laura,
    I am so thrilled that you loved this! Thanks for letting me know!

    And... I'm working on the cookbook! ;)

  8. I just realized that I have a party of 25 on the 15th to plan for. I have just decided that it is going to be a Mexican Fiesta! Like I said, you are the best!!!